The veteran Kodiak baseball coach liked what he saw, despite his team being the South Division’s No. 4 seed.
“That No. 4 seed in the South doesn’t mean anything to me,” Langfitt said. “We all feel like we are as good as anybody in the conference.”
Kodiak opens defense of last year’s title at 1 p.m. Thursday against Colony at the Kenai Little League Field.
Colony (5-4) won the North Division but lost to Kodiak 8-7 in extra innings a week ago.
“There is not really any dominant team this year,” senior Dylan Kavanaugh said. “If we play good we could win regions again, just like last year.”
The favorites are South Division champion Soldotna (8-2) and South runner-up Kenai (7-2).
Kodiak could face both of those schools in the three-day, double-elimination tournament.
The Kodiak/Colony winner plays the Kenai/Palmer winner in a 7 p.m. semifinal Thursday at Coral Seymour Ballpark Park.
Soldotna is on the other side of the bracket.
“It could be we have to beat Colony, Kenai and Soldotna and if we beat those three teams we would have earned the conference championship,” Langfitt said.
New this year is the double-elimination format, which means the loser of Friday’s championship game plays the winner of the consolation bracket on Saturday with a trip to the state tournament on the line.
Friday’s winner also receives a state bid.
“This is a better system because we should be sending the teams with the most pitching depth to state,” Langfitt said.
Langfitt is still searching for a third starter behind Brandon Mahle and Alec Eastman, who he called the best pitching duo in the conference.
“If we had a proven third pitcher I would like our chances tremendously,” Langfitt said. “We have lots of options. For that third game, we might just have everybody pitch a couple innings.”
Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiak
10 a.m. — Soldotna vs. Houston; Wasilla vs. Homer
1 p.m. — Colony vs. Kodiak; Palmer vs. Kenai.
5 p.m. — Semifinal (Soldotna/Houston winner vs. Wasilla/Homer winner).
7 p.m. — Semifinal (Colony/Kodiak winner vs. Palmer/Kenai winner).
7 p.m. — Championship game
1 p.m. — Consolation bracket final (winner to state)